If you receive a traffic ticket in Nassau, Suffolk or any other New York county, you may think it's easiest just to pay the fine and be done with it. However, due to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles' points system, paying a fine and accepting the charges can turn out to cost you a great deal down the road.
As you accumulate points, you could be facing increased insurance rates in addition to court fines and DMV assessment fees. In addition, multiple offenses may result in license suspension or revocation, as well as a driver responsibility fee.
Traffic Violation Defense Attorneys in New York
At Lerner & Lerner P.C., we have helped many individuals fight traffic violation tickets to keep points off their records. In many cases, we can talk the violation down to a lesser charge, or we will work to clear the charge entirely. Contact a City of Long Beach traffic violations attorney today for a free initial consultation. 516-741-4100.
The point system includes the following:
- 1-10 miles over posted limited = 3 points
- 11-20 miles over posted limit = 4 points
- 21-30 miles over posted limit = 6 points
- 31-40 miles over posted limit = 8 points
- More than 40 miles over posted limit = 11 points
- Violation involving a traffic signal, stop sign or yield sign = 3 points
- Improper passing, unsafe lane change, driving left of center or driving in the wrong direction = 3 points
- Failure to Signal= 3 points
- Passing a School Bus= 5 points
- Tailgating= 4 points
- Disobeying a Traffic Control Device= 2 points
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident causing Property Damage or injury to a Pet= 3 points
- Reckless Driving= 5 points
- Safety Restraint Violation involving a minor under 16= 3 points
- Cell Phone and Texting while Driving= 2 points
After receiving 11 points or more in an 18-month period (going back to the date of the violation, not the conviction), the New York DMV may suspend or revoke your license. The father/daughter legal team at Lerner & Lerner P.C. is experienced in dealing with traffic violations.
Some vehicle and traffic law violations are misdemeanors, which means you are being accused of a crime and must appear in criminal court. These offenses include driving with a suspended license, suspended registration and reckless driving. We can help you clear up your license. We can run your DMV abstract and tell you exactly what is causing your suspension or revocation and the best way to clear it up. We handle suspended licenses, suspended registration, reckless driving, no insurance and all other moving violations.
If you live out of state and have just found out your New York State privileges are suspended and your home state refuses to renew your license, we can help. Old tickets can appear and cause suspension of your privileges, even if you have not had a New York license for years (or never had one). At Lerner & Lerner P.C., we can help you identify the problems with your license and go to court (most of the time without you having to come into New York) and clear up your license.
If you are facing a traffic violation in Nassau County, it's important to know the possible consequences of any plea you enter into. For example, pleading guilty to driving without insurance can result in costly civil penalties and a one-year mandatory revocation of your license. We strive to reduce costs for clients and, whenever possible, get traffic violations in Nassau County dismissed. Oftentimes, fighting a traffic violation can save you money now, and in the future.
In addition to minor traffic infractions, we handle DWI arrests in which the consequences can be serious. We work to protect your rights by gathering all of the evidence from the moment you were stopped by the police to the time you arrive at our office. We will look for any mistakes that may have been made by authorities when they charged you and will use that information to your advantage.
At Lerner & Lerner P.C., we handle all types of traffic violations, and we will fight to reduce costs and, whenever possible, have traffic violations dismissed. To speak with a Nassau County traffic ticket lawyer, contact Lerner & Lerner P.C. at 516-741-4100.